The DelpHYnus initiative, as proposed by the company, involves CO2 transport and storage for the South Humber industrial area, as well as blue hydrogen processing facilities at the former Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal site.
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is in charge of authorizing and granting storage permits for CO2 storage off the coast of the United Kingdom.
The regulator will consider applications as part of a competitive process and make a decision on who should obtain a license for storing CO2 in the southern North Sea within six months (SNS).
Neptune, which runs the SNS’s Cygnus network, has already begun work on DelpHYnus, which it believes will help the UK achieve its net-zero goals.
DelpHYnus, a private-equity-backed company, has met with CO2 emitters and hydrogen offtakers in the South Humber region and believes there is a market for both of its products.
The company is also in discussions with industrial gas manufacturers about collaborating on a blue hydrogen project.
It is understood that the talks have been productive and are moving forward at a rapid pace.
Neptune plans to form a “end-to-end value chain consortium” that combines CO2 capture, transportation, and storage with blue hydrogen production and offtake.
Additionally, the company has completed subsurface and well screening work to determine appropriate storage locations and establish the license area.
Above-ground studies have also been undertaken to determine the feasibility of the combined development and to produce a project cost estimate and timetable.
Neptune has proposed an ambitious work plan, which involves continuing to work on the project’s “appraisal process” until a carbon storage license is granted.